Romeo's Impulsveness in Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is known to be a tragedy but deep researches differentiate the causes of it. Some may argue and define it as the consequence of a destructive teenage love; nevertheless Romeo’s role is taken too lightly in that story. Hence, Romeo has been defined throughout the book as a very hasty personage whose actions are dictated by his emotions or by a bad situation he is trapped in proven by Tybalt’s death in the hands of Romeo. Therefore, to fully comprehend Romeo’s part in the story, if one considered that every action he accomplishes are the fruit of pure impulsiveness, the fact that everything he does result to a death or an unnecessary event and that if he really took his time to think before acting then, there would have had no problem. Thus, it can be well said that Romeo’s pushy and impulsive actions are responsible of the tragedy in the book. This will be proven by several quotes and passages from acts II, III, and V. Romeo’s decisions are rash and incoherent. Due to desire, Romeo is in love again, fooled by the charms of a pretty face and is willing to take any risk to see the love of his life. After meeting Juliet, daughter of mighty Capulet, in a ball he was not even supposed to attend he chooses, after their separation, to go back to her because he feels incomplete. Just the fact that he chose to jump over the Capulet’s wall was a bad decision in itself. If he had been caught by a Capulet or the guards he would surely have been killed and he would have all these risks for nothing. His impulsiveness leads him to take an important decision without first thinking of the consequences his actions could have caused. “I take thee at thy word. / Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. / Hen... ... middle of paper ... ...s tragically. In essence, Romeo greatest flaw in the book was his impulsiveness and his habit to be very pushy. The tragedy from the book was then, the final result of consequential impulsive actions made by a specific character: Romeo. The possibility of tragedy was established with Romeo attending the Capulet’s masque, pushing Juliet to agree to marry him and at last be married. The likeliness of their deaths was augmented by Romeo killing Tybalt and his banishment. At last, the tragedy took form when Romeo committed suicide follow by Juliet. At no point he was cautious while making his decisions or thought about the consequences of his actions. These actions caused a lot of unnecessary drama and led all the characters to their downfall. Thus, as the Prince put it so well at the end of the book “For never a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo”.
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